Develop New Insight into the Behavior of Adaptive Systems This one-of-a-kind interactive book and CD-ROM will help you develop a better understanding of the behavior of adaptive systems. Developed as part of a project aimed at innovating the teaching of adaptive systems in science and engineering, it unifies the concepts of neural networks and adaptive filters into a common framework. It begins by explaining the fundamentals of adaptive linear regression and builds on these concepts to explore pattern classification, function approximation, feature extraction, and time-series modeling/prediction. The text is integrated with the industry standard neural network/adaptive system simulator NeuroSolutions. This allows the authors to demonstrate and reinforce key concepts using over 200 interactive examples. Each of these examples is 'live,' allowing the user to change parameters and experiment first-hand with real-world adaptive systems. This creates a powerful environment for learning through both visualization and experimentation. Key Features of the Text * The text and CD combine to become an interactive learning tool. * Emphasis is on understanding the behavior of adaptive systems rather than mathematical derivations. * Each key concept is followed by an interactive example. * Over 200 fully functional simulations of adaptive systems are included. * The text and CD offer a unified view of neural networks, adaptive filters, pattern recognition, and support vector machines. * Hyperlinks allow instant access to keyword definitions, bibliographic references, equations, and advanced discussions of concepts. The CD-ROM Contains: * A complete, electronic version of the text in hypertext format * NeuroSolutions, an industry standard, icon-based neural network/adaptive system simulator * A tutorial on how to use NeuroSolutions * Additional data files to use with the simulator 'An innovative approach to describing neurocomputing and adaptive learning systems from a perspective which unifies classical linear adaptive systems approaches with the modern advances in neural networks. It is rich in examples and practical insight.' -James Zeidler, University of California, San Diego
Ullmann's Fibers is a convenient source of information for chemists, engineers, material scientists as well as professionals in the textile industry. Based on the latest online edition of Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, and containing contributions never seen before in print -- e.g. cutting-edge information on nano carbon materials, carbon fibers, and fiber optics -- this ready reference meets the need for a comprehensive survey of the fundamentals, production technologies, and applications of all types of fibers. Since the entire 40-volume Ullmann's Encyclopedia is inaccessible to many readers -- particularly individuals, smaller companies or institutes -- this handbook condenses all the necessary information. The detailed and meticulously edited articles have been written by renowned experts from industry and academia, with much of the information thoroughly revised. Deeper insights into any given area of interest is offered by referenced contributions, while rapid access to a particular subject is enhanced by both a keyword and author index.
Twenty years since the first edition was published in the Germanlanguage, and just over fifty years since the launch of theEarth's first ever artificial satellite Sputnik 1, this thirdedition of the Handbook of Space Technology presentsin fully integrated colour a detailed insight into the fascinatingworld of space for the first time in the English language. Authored by over 70 leading experts from universities, researchinstitutions and the space industry, this comprehensive handbookdescribes the processes and methodologies behind the development,construction, operation and utilization of space systems,presenting the profound changes that have occurred in recent yearsin the engineering, materials, processes and even politicsassociated with space technologies and utilization. The individualchapters are self-contained, enabling the reader to gain a quickand reliable overview of a selected field; an extensive referenceand keyword list helps those who wish to deepen their understandingof individual topics. Featuring superb, full colour illustrations and photographythroughout, this interdisciplinary reference contains practical,hands-on engineering and planning information that will beinvaluable to those on a career path within space technology, orsimply for those of us who'd like to know more about thisfascinating industry. Main section headings include: * Introduction (historical overview, space missions) * Fundamentals (orbital mechanics, aerothermodynamics/reentry, space debris) * Launch Vehicles (staged technologies, propulsionsystems, launch infrastructure) * Space Vehicle Subsystems (structure, energy supply,thermal controls, attitude control, communication) * Aspects of Human Flight (man in space, life supportsystems, rendezvous and docking) * Mission Operations (satellite operation, control center,ground station network) * Utilization of Space (Earth observation, communicationnavigation, space astronomy, material sciences, space medicine,robotics) * Configuration and Design of a Space Vehicle (missionconcept, system concept, environmental simulation, system design,Galileo satellites) * Management of Space Missions (project management,quality management, cost management, space law)
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